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RDJ2,973 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
ITV's annual 'Record of the Year' programme from the year 2000. The annual hop around the regions for the results. Includes some dodgy 90's Granada Reports-style keyboard taps to give the effect this would bring up the results on the screen. I'm sure by the year 2000 people had already figured out that this did nothing.

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Steve Williams3,149 posts since 1 Aug 2008
ITV's annual 'Record of the Year' programme from the year 2000. The annual hop around the regions for the results. Includes some dodgy 90's Granada Reports-style keyboard taps to give the effect this would bring up the results on the screen. I'm sure by the year 2000 people had already figured out that this did nothing.


The highlight of this whole thing comes from 18 minutes onwards when Mel Blatt from All Saints keeps popping up in front of Westlife to pull a series of ridiculous faces. What a great pop star she was.

I always loved the round the regions business on Record of the Year, sadly we never got the likes of Bob Greaves or Bob Warman reading out the regional results. Because all the scores were the same for each region, regardless of size, the likes of Border and Channel became Britain's pop rock powerbrokers, and I always wondered if record pluggers would send people to Carlisle and St Helier so they could rig the results.

According to the comments there was a Late-night Election programme: On the Hustings (BBC2) which wasn't billed in RT.


Yes, you can see that billed in Genome from the following week. On The Hustings was on every night on BBC2 at around half eleven, showing the day's major election speeches in extended form, they did it in 1992 as well. In 1987 it was presented by Julia Somerville, which was a bit of a non-job and seemed a bit of an insult to her, given she was main presenter of the Nine at the time and was now on BBC2 around midnight, and perhaps unsurprisingly she left the Beeb not long after.
james-20016,373 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
They changed several times on whether the winner was calculated on votes, or on "points" based on ranking (which was a bit unfair seeing as different regions had vastly different populations, when Channel with a few tens of thousands of potential voters has the same clout as London or Central with several million). Looks like they used the latter approach in 2000.
RDJ2,973 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
The top votes for the song in Number 1 position for Grampian was 4,700, Channel 4,407 and Border *weirdly* had 21,354. (That was nearly 4,000 more than Granada even... I'm guessing the labels hit Carlisle hard and it showed!)

Compared to Central which had 43,304 and LWT had 38,604.

The highlight of this whole thing comes from 18 minutes onwards when Mel Blatt from All Saints keeps popping up in front of Westlife to pull a series of ridiculous faces. What a great pop star she was.


She's also popping up in the shot smoking a cigarette. How times change!

Everyone does seem rather drunk there... apart from squeaky clean S Club 7. Bryan McFadden is quite drunk during the reprise... I remember a few years later Westlife performed Mandy and Bryan could hardly stand up during the reprise he was so sozzled again.

I guess ITV's clincher to get everyone to attend was the free bar! Didn't work on Robbie though!
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james-20016,373 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
She's also popping up in the shot smoking a cigarette. How times change!

Everyone does seem rather drunk there... apart from squeaky clean S Club 7. Bryan McFadden is quite drunk during the reprise... I remember a few years later Westlife performed Mandy and Bryan could hardly stand up during the reprise he was so sozzled again.


I'm sort of suprised they were letting them drink and smoke to begin with to be honest. While it was pre-smoking ban, it was still on the way out, and there'd have been a lot of young, impessionable fans watching the show. But then like you implied, many of them might not have bothered turning up if they weren't allowed. I seem to remember the Brits banned booze one year and it went down badly, so they bought it back the next year, complete with Cat Deeley opening the show by sitting on a giant champagne bottle declaring "the booze is back".

I seem to remember Westlife ended up winning this every year except the first one (and that was only because it was before they'd had any hits)
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gottago3,115 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London


I seem to remember Westlife ended up winning this every year except the first one (and that was only because it was before they'd had any hits)
Wiki says they won four times and other prestigious winners include Thunderbirds Are Go by Busted! It definitely felt like Westlife won it every year though and I remember being furious as a kid when they did as they'd win with any old durge like Mandy.

I assumed the whole thing was an ITV event but it continued online after they dropped it in 2005 and it went on until 2012. Any idea which company organised that, the article is vague?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Record_of_the_Year
Andrew14,511 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
ITV regional names in full swing there, mentioning the likes of Carlton Westcountry, Ulster Television (rather than UTV) and 'The Carlton LWT region' (rather than just saying London)

Stephen Mulhern giving out the results for the Carlton Central region. He'd probably be hosting the actual show if it was still going!

Oh and Denise flirting with the Scottish Television presenter saying he could be her highland fling. Technically she would have had to flirt with the Grampian presenter for that.